The last time we heard from James Everett Dutschke, the Tupelo martial arts instructor accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and framing an Elvis impersonator, he was pleading guilty and facing a lengthy prison sentence. Now Dutschke has recanted his previous confession, blaming his incarceration on a government conspiracy and comparing the Elvis impersonator he allegedly framed to Barney the purple dinosaur. Upping the Elvis imagery, Dutschke offered to pour the contents of all the letters in question onto a peanut butter sandwich and eat it.
In related news, Paul Kevin Curtis, the Elvis impersonator who was originally accused of sending the letters, played a concert at the Lyric Theatre in Oxford last week to help fund his documentary I Didn't Do It.
The Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention announced that the group will not be opening a geek-themed activity center in Ashlar Hall, the rundown castle-like structure formerly owned by Robert "Prince Mongo" Hodges. The comic con's founder Joe Thordarson cited prohibitive rental costs as the reason. On the bright side, this opens up the possibility of developing the property as an asylum to house Memphis' most deranged super-villains.
Last week, Priscilla Presley told SiriusXM radio host George Klein that she's developing a Broadway show about her early life with Elvis. Presley is currently preparing to step into the role of the evil stepmother in the London production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.